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Overarching ACC News/Publications

Call For ACC.17 Late-Breaking Clinical Trials
Share your science with over 13,000 attendees from more than 130 countries at ACC.17, held Friday, March 17 to Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. Submissions of Late-Breaking Clinical Trials (LBCTs) will be accepted in the following categories: Major Study; Smaller Study/Randomized Clinical Trial; Multi-center Observational Study or Registry; Secondary Analysis of Major Clinical Trial; or Other. Accepted LBCT submissions will be presented in the ACC.17 Main Tent during one of five LBCT sessions. In addition, each LBCT session will be followed by a press conference with top media outlets. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, Dec. 8 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Submit your LBCTs today to share your science at ACC.17.

NCDR.17 Comes to DC in Spring 2017
Make plans to join the ACC for the 2017 NCDR Annual Conference (NCDR.17) March 13 to 15 at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C. New for 2017, the ACC will offer Cath Lab and Chest Pain Accreditation Workshops on Sunday and Monday, March 12 and 13, prior to the start of the conference. In addition, NCDR Orientation 101 and an LAAO Registry workshop will be held on Monday, March 13. NCDR participants are encouraged to showcase their registry innovations through poster presentations displayed during NCDR.17. Online submissions are being accepted through Jan. 13, 2017. For a description of the selection process, preparation tips and evaluation criteria, view the Call for Poster Instructions. Learn more about NCDR.17 on CVQuality.ACC.org.

Register Today For ACC.17
Join the world’s leading cardiovascular professionals in Washington, DC, for three full days of innovative education, ground-breaking science, and interactive debates and discussion. ACC’s 66th Annual Scientific Session and Expo (ACC.17) will start one day early – on Friday, March 17, 2017 – and will end on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Arrive in time to take full advantage of everything that ACC.17 has to offer. Advance registration is now open. Register today.

Call For EchoSAP Editor-in-Chief
The ACC is planning to produce a new version of EchoSAP – the popular self-assessment program on echocardiography – for release in 2018, and is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of editor-in-chief. EchoSAP helps its users prepare for the initial or recertification exam in echocardiography, stay abreast of new advances in the field, teach others and earn CME credit. Interested candidates should submit a mini CV and a brief overview of their vision for the product to kdoerman@acc.org by Thursday, Dec. 15. ACC’s Curriculum Design Committee will review all submissions, conduct interviews, and select a final candidate by mid-February 2017. Learn more about the position on ACC.org.

JACC Leadership Page: The Next “Chapter” in the ACC’s Chapter System
In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), ACC president Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC, reflects on how the College’s chapter system has grown since the first state chapter was established in Florida in 1987, and looks to future as new international chapters are established. Chapters serve as an important resource for physicians and also help to improve cardiovascular care around the world. The next step is to transform care in areas where there are limited resources, which starts with the recent creation of Sub-Saharan Africa Chapter, representing nearly 20 countries. “The need for the expertise and wisdom of ACC members worldwide is increasing at the same time that we are experiencing a global epidemic in cardiovascular disease,” Chazal writes. “In an era when American cardiovascular specialists are stressed with rapidly evolving changes in our own health care system, we are also presented with the challenge to share the benefits that have been afforded us by our education and experience.” Read more.

JACC Leadership Page: Fellowship Training in Cardiology
In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), A. Allen Seals, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Board of Governors, discusses how to ACC supports fellows training for a career in cardiology. The ACC strongly supports the use of the Core Cardiology Training Statement (COCATS) to define the academic, clinical, and technical skills required for proficiency in adult cardiology, and is also focused on providing fellows-in-training (FITs) with opportunities to further develop nonclinical competencies, such as professionalism, communication, practice-based learning, and systems-based practice. The College’s FIT Section offers educational programming to its 5,500 members and FITs can also become involved through advocacy and with their state chapters. “The ACC firmly believes that productive engagement with FIT and early career cardiologists in the early stages of professional development will undoubtedly lead to meaningful improvements in patient outcomes and will ultimately fulfill our mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health as we head into the future,” Seals writes. Read more.

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Top Advocacy and Health Policy News

CMS Approves New HF Specialty Designation Code
After great effort by the Heart Failure Society of America and the ACC, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) informed both societies that a new specialty designation for "Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology" has been approved. The new designation will allow CMS to distinguish Heart Failure (HF) and transplant cardiologists from clinical cardiologists when billing for Medicare services. Previously, no mechanism existed for CMS to accurately identify this category of physician for quality and payment programs. Some local Medicare carriers have denied claims in the past, citing duplicate billing, when a cardiologist and an HF specialist from the same practice have billed for patient evaluation services. Once CMS takes necessary steps to create the new code, which could take up to a year or more, it will allow for the reporting of the involvement of two specialty physicians providing distinct services to an individual patient. Stay tuned for more information following the creation and implementation of the new code.

21st Century Cures Legislation Moves Forward
For nearly all of the 114th Congress, your ACC has been closely engaged with committees in both the House and Senate as they worked to create a package of medical innovation bills. Following multiple drafts, a bill that passed out of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the House, and several bills that passed out of the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, a bipartisan, bicameral 21st Century Cures package was released on Nov. 25 and overwhelmingly passed the House 392-26 on Nov. 30. The Senate is expected to take up the measure early next week. Leadership in the House and Senate on both sides of the aisle were closely involved in negotiations and frequently referenced the passage of this bill as a lame duck priority. The package includes a number of ACC's advocacy priorities. Read more about provisions of interest to cardiology here.

President-Elect Announces Nominations for HHS and CMS
President-Elect Donald Trump officially announced Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-GA) as his pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Well known to ACC members and throughout the medical community, Price has served in Congress for six terms. A past recipient of the ACC President's Award for Distinguished Public Service, he currently chairs the House Budget Committee and also sits on the Committee on Ways and Means. Price was a leading figure in the fight to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate, and has played a key role in efforts to improve electronic health record usability; he has lately been extremely involved in the push to streamline and simplify Meaningful Use reporting requirements. Price has vigorously opposed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and introduced a bill to repeal and replace ACA late last year. He has also been a frequent critic of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Should he be confirmed, Price and his policy priorities will be central to the future of these programs. President-Elect Trump also announced his selection of Seema Verma, MPH, to be the CMS Administrator. Verma has been involved in health care policy for more than 20 years, focusing largely on state-based initiatives, and she has extensive connections to Vice President-Elect Mike Pence. She is the President, CEO and founder of SVC, Inc., a health policy consulting company. Much of her recent work has focused on health care in the state of Indiana. In 2007, Verma helped create and implement Indiana's Medicaid, Healthy Indiana Plan under Governor Daniels, and she has continued to be active in its development and redesign under Governor Pence. She also served as Indiana's lead on ACA implementation.

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Top Membership News

ACC Member Renewals Due Dec. 10
Renew your ACC membership today to continue your access to tools and benefits that help support you as a cardiovascular professional. With 300+ educational opportunities online, six JACC journals and resources to help you improve patient care and navigate practice change, the ACC is the best investment you can make in your career. Allow us to continue to support you. Renew online at ACC.org/Dues or by calling the Resource Center at +1 202-375-6000, ext. 5603.

Is Your ACC Member Profile Up-To-Date?
The ACC wants to make sure it's sending members only the most relevant information. To that end, the College is encouraging all members to update their ACC profile, including contact information, specialty areas, clinical interest areas and practice information. Don’t miss out on the latest cardiovascular research, new clinical guidelines, advocacy updates, ACC news and member benefits. Update your profile online at ACC.org/MyProfile.

For FITs: Network With Mentors Through ACC's Member Sections
Did you know that FITs receive FREE membership in ACC's 19+ Member Sections Select your Section preferences and unlock access to a community of professionals that share your specialty and/or interest areas. Gain leadership experience, network with leaders in the field and make progress on priorities that matter to you.

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Top Science, Education and Quality News

New PAD Guideline Emphasizes Medical Therapy, Exercise
Joint guidelines for the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD), which include recommendations on the use of antiplatelet therapy to reduce the risk of blood clots and statin drugs to lower cholesterol and advise PAD patients to participate in a structured exercise program, were published Nov. 13 by the ACC and the American Heart Association and simultaneously published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The new recommendations replace guidelines last updated in 2011 and provides comprehensive recommendations across the spectrum of PAD. It emphasizes that the signs and symptoms of PAD include not only claudication, but other atypical leg symptoms or walking impairments, ischemic rest pain, or physical examination findings such as abnormal lower extremity pulses, vascular bruit, non-healing wounds or gangrene. "Periodically reassessing how we manage and treat complex diseases by incorporating the latest evidence is critical to ensure that clinicians are equipped to provide optimal care for their patients," said Marie Gerhard-Herman, MD, FACC, chair of the writing group. Read more on ACC.org.

New Surviving MI Webinar: EMS Engagement
Join the ACC’s Surviving MI campaign for a free webinar on Dec. 6 at 12 p.m. ET to learn how organizations have successfully collaborated with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers in their community to improve patient outcomes. The webinar, moderated by Judy Tingley DNP, MPH, RN, AACC, will feature presentations from experts at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood, KY; Sparrow Health System, Lansing, MI; and Renown Medical Center, Reno, NV. Click here to register for this webinar. To learn more about the ACC’s Surviving MI campaign, as well as other ACC quality campaigns under the Quality Improvement for Institutions umbrella, visit CVQuality.acc.org.

Stay Current and Attend the NY Cardiovascular Symposium
Join the thought leaders of cardiology at the New York Cardiovascular Symposium from Dec. 9 to 11 as they present and discuss this year's most innovative scientific advances — their clinical practice applications — and how the future of cardiovascular medicine will improve patient care. New, revolutionary topics featuring genetics and much more will be covered! Don’t miss the most robust education in the field of cardiology.

Earn Dual CME and MOC Credits at Snowmass 2017
Featuring a mixture of lectures, case-based discussions and workshops, Cardiovascular Conference at Snowmass, January 14 – 17, 2017 is designed to optimize your learning experience. Explore practice-changing topics and review the latest in contemporary cardiology for immediate use in your practice. While in Snowmass earn up to 23.5 points in ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.

Get Leadership Training at the Summit
Join the experts in the field of cardiology, business practices and leadership as they provide you with an educational experience that leads to — operational excellence — cost efficiency — leadership training at the Cardiovascular Summit & Leadership Forum, January 26 – 28, 2017. Come together to discuss, discover and develop the best solutions for today’s challenges covering the hottest topics.

Don’t Miss the Inaugural Cardio-Oncology Course
Get clinically relevant, state-of-the-art, best practice strategies in the assessment, diagnosis and management of cardiovascular concerns for patients with cancer at Advancing Cardiovascular Care of the Oncology Patient, February 17 – 18, 2017. Join your colleagues and meet the experts in Washington, DC to receive case-based education and hands-on learning on the cardiovascular care of the oncology patient prior to, during and after cancer therapy.

Discover ACC’s New ACCSAP 9
ACC’s Adult Clinical Cardiology Self-Assessment Program (ACCSAP 9) has been rebuilt from the ground up, by cardiologists for cardiologists. This brand new and improved version includes information in text, audio and video format, supplemented with hundreds of case-based questions for use to create custom quizzes and simulate Board exams. Additionally, a new mobile app facilitates on-the-go learning with via phone or tablet, with or without an internet connection. Use ACCSAP 9 to identify knowledge gaps, reinforce existing knowledge, learn new information applicable in clinical practice, and more. Learn more at ACC.org/ACCSAP9.

Improve Your ECG Interpretation Skills With ECG Drill & Practice
The ACC recently launched a new ECG Drill & Practice tool for those preparing for initial Board certification in cardiovascular disease or just looking to hone their ECG interpretation skills. The product provides an opportunity for users to learn about identification of ECG abnormalities, practice what they just learned using flash card technology as well as challenge their ECG interpretation skills. The ECG Drill & Practice product incorporates the self-assessment ECG test, featuring format and answer options similar to those of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s certifying examination in cardiovascular disease. Visit ACC.org/ECGDrillandPractice to learn more.

Subscribe to JACC Journals and Stay on Top of the World’s Most Cited CV Content
JACC Journals are consistently ranked among the most cited cardiovascular journals in the world. The growing family of JACC Journals provides the latest research and clinical practice updates in all aspects of cardiovascular disease, imaging, cardiovascular interventions, heart failure, clinical electrophysiology and basic translational research. Visit OnlineJACC.org to browse current issues of every JACC Journal, read online before print articles, sign up for eTable of Contents, see summary illustrations and access editor-in-chief audio summaries. ACC members can access full journal content for free online and through the JACC Journals App – and members practicing in the U.S. can receive JACC Journals in print for free.

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For Patients – CardioSmart

Caregivers Infographic Now Available
More than 65 million adults in the U.S. care for a loved one with heart issues. Caregivers spend more than 20 hours a week providing care and are at risk of depression, stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure and other illnesses. To support National Caregivers Month, the ACC’s CardioSmart team has created a Caregivers Infographic. Use this free tool to show your patients’ caregivers how to avoid burnout and the importance of taking care of themselves to give care. CardioSmart’s infographic posters are ideal point-of-care graphics for your waiting and exam rooms, and can be downloaded for free at CardioSmart.org/Posters.

New ACC Tools Available For Both Clinicians and Patients
The ACC recently launched new tools for both clinicians and patients under the Valvular Heart Disease Initiatives, built to improve valvular care through appropriate diagnosis, referral and treatment. The Mitral Regurgitation (MR) Health System Tool guides clinicians in identifying patients with MR and referring them for advanced treatment, while determining the next steps in treatment. On the other side, the Mitral Regurgitation (MR) Patient Tool and the Aortic Stenosis (AS) Patient Tool help patients understand what they need to do upon being diagnosed with MR or AS. Find out more at ACC.org/VHDTools.

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Digital ACC Resources

New ACC.org Updates Benefit Members: Purchase History, Expanded Expert Pages and More
New updates to ACC.org are designed to further meet the diverse needs of ACC members around the world. For example, members who have purchased items from ACC.org can now view their order history when they are logged in – allowing them to track their ACC.org purchases and easily access online products. Additionally, when saving articles or other items to the “My Library” section on ACC.org, previously used tags are auto-filled, saving time and allowing users to quickly organize their libraries by topic. Finally, expanded Expert pages now display comprehensive listings of ACC.org contributions by author. This feature is great for contribution authors who are tracking contributions for CV purposes, as well as for individuals looking for Journal Scans and other Expert Commentary from a particular author. Members can check out these latest updates by logging in to their ACC.org accounts.

New on ACC.org: Trending Topics and Homepage Updates
The latest update to ACC.org makes it easier than ever to access important updates quickly. The most popular stories now appear under “Trending” on the homepage and within “Latest in Cardiology” and “Clinical Topic Collections.” In additional to seeing the latest news by release date, this new feature lets users see the most important news updates at the top of their feeds. Based on member feedback, the refreshed ACC.org homepage also places updates from “Latest In Cardiology” above the fold and includes an “Announcements” box at the top. “Recommended for You” features now appears on the right portion of the homepage. Members can see these and other new features on ACC.org.

ACC Launches First-of-its-Kind Institutional Page on Doximity
As part of the ACC’s innovation efforts, the College has launched a first-of-its-kind institutional page on Doximity, the largest online network of physicians and other health care professionals. This expands the College’s social media presence beyond Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube in to the leading professional networking space for clinicians. ACC’s page provides a “home” for the entire cardiovascular care team on the secure, online platform. As part of this effort, the ACC logo now appears on members’ Doximity profiles to showcase their credentials and dedication to ACC’s mission of transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health. Now, ACC members from across the country can connect with one another and collaborate to improve cardiovascular patient care in a novel manner. Visit ACC’s page.

Listen to JACC Journals on the Go
Stay up-to-date on the most important science and emerging discoveries in clinical cardiology with JACC Journals Audio Summaries. JACC Editor-in-Chief Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, and JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology Editor-in-Chief David J. Wilber, MD, FACC, provide informative overviews of each issue, as well as in-depth commentary on the studies featured in their respective JACC Journals. Busy clinicians can easily download the summaries and listen on the go at ACC.org/JACC or by searching “JACC Podcasts” in the iTunes store or through Android’s Player FM.

Get Easy Access to JACC Content on Your Phone or Tablet Via the JACC Journals App
Use the JACC Journals App to access the latest research and clinical practice updates from the top-ranked family of JACC Journals. This single app puts all of your favorite content at your fingertips – and is accessible across all iOS and Android devices. The app lets you browse new issues, link to featured articles, and interact with figures, tables and multimedia content. The “My Reading List” feature allows you to save articles for offline reading; share via social media; email useful content; and much more! Download the app from the iTunes App Store or get it on Google Play today.

Stay In Touch With the ACC via Social Media
Stay in touch with the ACC and the latest clinical and advocacy news through ACCinTouch. ACCinTouch connects ACC members and those interested in cardiovascular news through popular social networking channels like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Join each of these networks to connect with ACC members and those interested in cardiology. In addition to the ACC's main Twitter profile @ACCinTouch, the College also has a profile dedicated to advocacy-related news (@Cardiology). CardioSmart, ACC's patient education and support program, also has patient-centered cardiovascular news available through Facebook, Twitter (@CardioSmart), and YouTube. For more information about ACC’s social media channels, visit ACC.org/ACCinTouch.

ACC Archived Webinars
Did you know that you can find archived webinars from throughout the years from the ACC on ACC.org? As a member, you have access to this wealth of information here. To access them, you must have an ACC.org log-in and use the confirmation code and webinar access link emailed to you once you. Questions? Contact ACC’s Resource Center at Phone: 202-375-6000, ext. 5603 or 800-253-4636, ext. 5603 or resource@acc.org.

Download ACC’s Advocacy Action Mobile App
Be sure to download the ACC Advocacy Action mobile app to get easy access to ACC's advocacy priorities and timely talking points to share during congressional visits. The app was designed to help members engage with lawmakers and influence health policy. Download it today on iTunes (iPhone, iPad) and Google Play (Android devices).

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